History: Giving Kitchen got its start when friends in the restaurant community rallied around chef Ryan Hidinger to offer financial support after his diagnosis of stage four cancer in late 2012. In the spirit of coming to his rescue, Giving Kitchen was launched to offer financial support to thousands of food service workers.
Did you know: Giving Kitchen financially supports food service workers who miss work because of an unexpected crisis including an injury, illness, housing disaster or death of an immediate family member. Over the past six years, Giving Kitchen has provided $3.3 million in financial assistance. Due to the high demand for support during the coronavirus pandemic, the nonprofit is receiving an influx of requests for help.
Its motto: Our shift starts when theirs can’t.
How you can help: You can make a donation, sign up to volunteer and learn more about GK’s response to COVID-19 on Giving Kitchen’s website. Other ways to help include ordering take-out to support restaurants, giving generous tips, or purchasing gift cards.
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